A Linux print dialog on Mac OS X?

I was helping Nathan tonight to print a CD cover image from within Mac OS X’s Preview application. Nathan doesn’t have Photoshop on his iBook and so we tried to do the printing via Preview. Well, it didn’t work very well on my local test because Preview is printing the PNG image rescaled all over the A4 paper and doesn’t respect the “print size” information a user can set via Photoshop or another graphics application (which is 4.75″ by 4.75″ for a CD cover).

So we went back to Preview’s printing dialog and tried to find any settings for “scaling”. And there is one. And it’s such a badly implemented option that you would only expect from a Linux printing dialog and not from a Mac OS X one. So, the scaling option is an input field that defaults to “100%”. It is a relative field, not an absolute one. So, how much percentage scaling you should input in order to get a print size of a 4.75″x4.75″ which is originated by an image pixeled at 780×780, and it’s going to be printed at an A4 paper? Go figure!

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Ludovic Hirlimann wrote on April 22nd, 2006 at 10:37 AM PST:

I knwo this might be slightl OT, but how come are you trying to print on A4 instead of Letter ?

But I agree the print dialog sucks on Mac OS X.

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Eugenia wrote on April 22nd, 2006 at 10:42 AM PST:

I don’t know, that’s whe paper we got here.

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